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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Tibouchina petals on garden steps


It is not often that I take photographs in my own garden. I simply do not find it all that inspiring despite it being quite varied and lush. Today, as I was making myself a cup of tea I have looked through the kitchen window to see what our dogs were up to. There were asleep getting warm in the morning sun.

What drew my real attention was our garden steps covered in petals of Tibouchina tree nicely lit by the sunlight. Their violet or magenta, if you prefer, colour nicely contrasted by deep green of nasturtium leaves. It just looked very pretty.

Blue Water Lily with reflection in the pond


This photograph of a blue Water Lily with reflection in the pond yet again comes from Cairns Botanic Gardens. It was photographed in natural light in the evening. I really loved the reach variety of the blue colours in the flower’s petals. The reflection in the water retains some of the flower’s colour, which I must say was a bit surprising as the light was rather low.

The lily was in some distance from me so I used Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8IS lens at ISO800 to compensate for the evening light. I am quite sure I must have had the IS turned on as this was a hand held photograph.

Did you know that blue water lily (Nymphaea caerulea) also called blue lotus and sacred lotus was considered a solar deity by ancient Egyptians.